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Bluebacks return to competition this weekend at Winskill

Swim team excited to be back in the water at home competition
Bluebacks swim club
The Boundary Bay Bluebacks Swim Club returns to their home pool - Winskill this weekend for their first home meet since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boundary Bay Bluebacks are celebrating the return of fun-focused competition, by hosting their annual swim meet this weekend (June 11 and 12) at Winskill Aquatic Centre.

The swim club is excited kids have a chance at some regular competition again, after such a long drought. Although Bluebacks were able to attend a couple of scaled down meets last year, this season really is the first time their newer members will get to experience all the fun of swim meets. The club warmed up with a successful time trials the last weekend in May.

Thanks to the strong leadership of long-time meet manager Steve Barber, the Bluebacks Swim Meet is one of the most popular and well-attended of the summer swim schedule, attracting other BC Summer Swimming Association clubs from all over the Fraser South Region and beyond.

For the Bluebacks (or B4 as they’re often called), the home meet is about bringing the team members together, and building connections.

“We recognize not everyone wants a lot of competition, but the home meet offers a chance for developing swimmers to prove what they can do for themselves, in a safe, encouraging and family-friendly environment,” said club vice president Andrea Aird. “For other kids that are eager to develop their skills, we also have been developing a talented team of coaches, led by Jeanelle Thomas, and working a lot on skill development under the leadership of technical director and Olympian, Richard Hortness.

“We're also delighted to offer the return of “B3's,” our developmental program for swimmers six and under. They're our next generation of coaches and leaders, plus they're just a lot of fun to have around the pool.”

The club has been active in the South Delta community for more than 50 years and continues to be a popular summer activity for many local families.

They practice predominantly out of Winskill, with their regular summer season running from May 1 until early August. Swim meets take place most weekends in June and July, in addition to other fun activities and social events (all of which are covered under the cost of membership.

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